DocHouse announces "Best of 2016" season
From 30th December the Bertha DocHouse will re-screen six top docs from the past 12 months in a Best of 2016 season. Make sure you're all caught up on the year gone by before we head into a busy 2017. Full listings for the Best of 2016 can be found here.
Dir: Elyse Steinberg & Josh Kriegman
With unprecedented access to Anthony Weiner, his family, and his campaign team as they mount his New York City mayoral campaign, this Oscar shortlisted film documents an impending political meltdown of epic proportions. Weiner deftly walks the line between political farce and personal tragedy, exposing the ex-congressman’s hubris while highlighting the sheer ugliness of the media’s takedown of his family.
★★★★★ "The gift that keeps on giving." - Lanre Bakare for The Guardian. Full review
FIRE AT SEA
Dir: Gianfranco Rosi
Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2016 and recently Oscar shortlisted, Gianfranco Rosi’s incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa - and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it - is both a masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action.
★★★★★ "...masterly and moving look at the migrant crisis..." - Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian Full review
JANIS, LITTLE GIRL BLUE
Dir: Amy Berg
A tragic and misunderstood figure Janis Joplin thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her tragic death in 1971 at age 27. Her life and career is examined here for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist.
"Berg pays a joyous, moving tribute to the girl from Port Arthur, Texas" - Lee Marshall for ScreenDaily. Full review
THE PEARL BUTTON
Dir: Patricio Guzmán
Master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán investigates the fate of Patagonia’s indigenous tribes: nomadic boatpeople who in pre-colonial times lived and thrived in harmony with the sea but today have all but vanished. Combining profound metaphysical speculation with an affecting, intimate approach, Guzmán once again asserts the importance of memory in a world very quick to forget.
★★★★ "Intelligent, magnificent film-making" Andrew Pulver for the Guardian. Full review
Dir: Johan Grimonprez
Based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, this explosive film stitches together archive footage and expert interviews to reveal a hidden world where governments and intelligence agencies operate at the whim of huge weapons manufacturers and where bribes and corruption determine the economic and foreign policies of some of the biggest countries in the world, often with devastating effects.
“Grimonprez’s superb, gut-punching exploration of the global arms trade is the sort of catalyst to energize politically-minded viewers" Jay Weissberg for Variety. Full review
MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE
Dir: John Dower
Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the world's most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’. Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, My Scientology Movie is stranger than fiction.
★★★★ "Gloriously funny" - Tim Robey for the Daily Telegraph. Full review